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12 Dresden Plate Quilt Patterns

Find a Dresden plate quilt block pattern for your next project, a home decor design you can't do without, and more with this collection.

By: Claire Hawkes, Editor, FaveQuilts.com
Updated April 26, 2018
Dresden Plate Quilt Patterns

Whether you call them Dresden plate patterns, Dresden flower designs, or Dresden fan quilts, the traditional wedge-like pattern of Dresden plates has proved to be a timeless quilt design.

12 Dresden Plate Quilt Patterns is a collection of our favorite Dresden quilt block designs, home decor projects, quilted sofa throws, and baby blankets that all showcase darling Dresden plate patterns.

Regardless if you are a beginner or advanced quilter, you are sure to find a free Dresden plate pattern to enjoy piecing or appliqueing together in order to make a wonderful design for yourself or someone you love.

Whether you are looking for a block pattern to transform your next quilt or a full Dresden quilt tutorial, or even a pillow, you will find it here. Dresden plates make stunning quilts, and they go by a few other names, too. You might know this type of quilt as friendship ring, Dahlia, sunflower, or even sunburst. No matter what you call it, these blocks, decor, and quilts will bring some vibrant flare to any room.

Dresden Plate Quilt Blocks

Giant Dresden Plate Block

Although the Dresden plate quilt design is a traditional pattern, you'll be charmed by the unexpected looks of these diverse Dresden plate quilt block patterns.

Speaking of the unexpected, take this beautiful Giant Dresden Plate Block.  Rather than make an ordinary square quilt block, this pattern makes a circular Dresden plate block.

Whether you use fabrics from your favorite collection or you just want to make some scrap quilt patterns, the Dresden plate quilts you'll be making will surely stand out no matter where they are.
 

  • Dresden Fan Block

    This blue and white quilt block pattern can easily be strip pieced in just a single evening. Strip quilt piecing has never been so easy or beautiful as when you make this Dresden Fan Block.

  • Ultra Modern Dresden Block

    Use vividly-colored strips of fabric to make this contemporary take on the traditional Dresden quilt design. A powerful Dresden plate pattern such as this will capture attention no matter what kind of quilt you put it on.

  • Peppermint Flower Dresden Block

    Make one of the cutest patterns for a Christmas quilt with this delightful block pattern. Get a fresh start with your next quilt pattern with a Peppermint Flower Dresden Block.

  • Simple Dresden Block Tutorial

    BONUS! Create a gorgeous mini quilt for your granddaughter using this sweet and classic Simple Dresden Block Tutorial.

Dresden Plate Patterns for the Home

Strip Pieced Dresden Pillow

Add a color pop to your kitchen or living room by creating any of these home decor projects featuring Dresden plate designs.

These Dresden designs also make fantastic and unique housewarming gifts for family and friends.
 
Check out this Strip Pieced Dresden Pillow tutorial to learn how to sew an easy pillow pattern with a big Dresden quilt design in its center.

Use brightly printed and contemporary-looking fabric to create the intricate, but easy quilt pattern that is sure to add a color pop of creative flowery design to pillows in need of a new look.
 

  • Sunbonnet Sue Dresden Dish Towel

    This simple, but adorable quilt pattern will add a lovely color accent to your kitchen. Sunbonnet Sue is one of the most popular quilt designs out there.

  • Delightful Dresden Flower Placemats

    Dress your table up for teatime with this fresh flower quilt pattern. This easily works at any point in the year. When you need a little cheering up, make your table bloom with the prettiest of placemats.

  • Dresden Plate Lampshade

    Dresden plate patterns aren't just for pillows and quilted table runners! This DIY lampshade is the perfect project to work on over the holidays. You can switch up your lamp's look anytime you want and never need to buy a new one.

  • Sew Homemade Dresden Pillow Design

    BONUS! Give your home some crafty charm with the colorful buttons and gorgeous flower pattern within the Sew Homemade Dresden Pillow Design.

Dresden Plate Quilts

Double Dresden Delight Quilt

Whether you want to create a special quilted baby blanket or an elegant quilted sofa throw, you can easily showcase your knowledge of different Dresden plate techniques by creating these quilted blankets.

The Double Dresden Delight Quilt that's shown here makes a happy-colored summertime quilt pattern. Make it by appliqueing Dresden flower motifs to complete this pretty quilt.

This applique pattern design works well with your indoor summer decor, and the Dresden plate quilt pattern will look just like beautiful blooming tropical flowers.
 

  • Folk Heart Dresden Quilt

    This large quilt pattern will look so cozy and charming on a bed or draped over the sofa. The generous size of this Dresden plate quilt pattern makes it cozy enough for two to cuddle under.

  • Dresden Tumbler Quilt

    While this baby quilt pattern may not look like a typical Dresden plate design, it uses a Dresden ruler to cut perfect wedges. While this simple striped tumbler quilt pattern may not look like classic Dresden plate quilts, you might be surprised to find that it uses a Dresden ruler to create the perfect wedges in each stripe.

  • Dresden Burst Baby Quilt

    Use a variety of Dresden plate sizes to make this pastel-colored baby quilt pattern. This unique Dresden plate quilt pattern uses several different size Dresden plates against a plain white background for an updated take on this traditional baby quilt pattern.

  • 1930s Dresden Plate Mini Quilt

    BONUS! Out of the Great Depression came this fantastic vintage pattern: the 1930s Dresden Plate Mini Quilt. You really want to make this one.

What is your favorite thing about Dresden patterns?
Let us know in the comments!

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